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The Era of Open Innovation

Linux is perhaps one of the most impressive technological feats of the modern era. It is an achievement built on the efforts and common goals of an ever-expanding community. Just as impressive, however, are the scale, scope and enthusiasm of that community. The Linux community has evolved into a culture of dedicated advocates—creating a vast array of materials, from supporting the adoption and development of the operating system to expressing OS allegiance through video games and fan art.

Tux the Linux Penguin

Tux, the Linux penguin

Even the Linux mascot, a penguin named Tux, is an open-source image, created by Larry Ewing in 1996. Since then, and in true open-source fashion, the Tux phenomenon has taken on a life of its own.

Linux distributions, personified

Drawing inspiration from amateur Japanese artists who illustrated various computer operating systems as cartoon characters, Italian graphic artist Francesca Poppi (aka juzo-kun) created a series personifying several Linux distributions, in effect creating a “mascot” for each distribution.